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Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Offering Diabetes Group Classes

Monday, October 2, 2017

Contact: Laura Shea

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program will be offering group diabetes management classes starting on October 11, 2017, from 1 to 3:00 p.m. The remaining classes are on October 18, 25 and November 1. All classes will be held in the Medical Center’s conference room C. There is a charge for the classes, and a physician referral is required. To register, or for more information contact Karen Cole, RN, BSN, certified diabetes educator at 312-713-5181.

The classes will provide information on meal planning, medications, exercise, complications, and how to make lifestyle changes. Speakers include Cole, Alison Felt, registered dietician, Gerry Hourihan, exercise specialist, Danny Sekhon, PharmD, and Dr. Michael Seidman.

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow. Diabetes can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, and lower-limb amputations. The good news is that the occurrence of complications is reduced with obtainment of blood pressure control, glucose control, management of blood lipids, and regular follow-up.

Self-management education is a critical step in achieving lifestyle modifications to reach healthy outcomes. Self-management focuses on self-care behavior, such as healthy eating, developing an activity regime, regular blood sugar monitoring, and preventive practices such as yearly eye exams and foot care. It is a collaborative process in which the person works with the diabetes educator to set goals and develop the problem-solving and coping skills needed to reach their goals successfully.